Ratzingergate. Part I: The Downfall

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The downfall is coming. 

The Pontiff Emeritus is about to release another book, and Repubblica (yes, that one) has some tasty bits of it, meant to awaken the reader’s appetite and to open their wallet.

However, these is not the usual pre-publication snippets. These declaration equate to a complete loss of face for the – we can now safely say – tragic and pathetic figure of the Emeritus.

Let us see the downfall in detail. Emphases are mine, and not made without pain. 

“There were numerous commitments which I felt I was no longer able to carry through,” Ratzinger explained. “Notably, the World Youth Day which had been scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the summer of 2013. I was very certain of two things. After the experience of the trip to Mexico and Cuba, I no longer felt able to embark on another very demanding visit. Furthermore, according to the format of these gatherings, which had been established by John Paul II, the Pope’s physical presence there was paramount. A television link or any other such technological solution was out of the question. This was another reason why I saw it as my duty to resign.” 

  What an embarrassing statement to read. 

I had always thought that Pope Benedict had decided to resign because he felt unable to gather the strength necessary to fight the long and brutal fight that announced itself after the famous report about sodomy within the Vatican. I can still understand he might have decided to be too weak for the job tout court (remember he was very frail at the time). But to read from a Pope that he decided to resign because he felt he was now unable to be the main attraction, the chief clown of a worldwide travelling circus is truly beyond the pale. Even more stupid, if possible, is the linked assertion that, since JP II had started the circus, Ratzinger felt it could not be stopped, and he the Pope. What a total lack of leadership. What a total lack of… manliness. 

Embarrassing. I am ashamed for him. I am literally red in the face thinking of the way he has put shame on himself. 

It goes to show: you scratch the V II Pope and what comes out can only be pus. 

Alas, it goes on. Let us see what a Pope Emeritus has to say about an extremely cruel Communist bastard, a prime candidate for Hell and decades long friend of all the wrong causes: 

I need scarcely remind you of how impressed I was in Cuba to see the way in which Raul Castro wishes to lead his country onto a new path, without breaking with the immediate past.

 Seriously, what is this? A Pope (emeritus) lauding one of the Castro brothers for trying to keep Communism alive for as long as he can? Is this man on drugs? Drunken? Gaga? He can give interviews that become books, so one must infer he is decidedly “there” with his head.

I think the reality is far simpler: Ratzinger is, and always was, a gregarious type; an order-taker; one always ready to fall in line.

This interview will certainly mark the lowest point of Ratzinger’s public career. It is a complete denouement of a little yes-man. It is the embarrassing spectacle of a former Pope now towing the Francis line in a way inconceivable only a few years ago.

I never thought Benedict a hero of orthodoxy. I always thought Benedict was always V II, and Francis is V II on steroids. But this interview here is tantamount to Benedict taking the first dose of steroids himself, and saying to the world how much he likes it.

Let me say it again: a supporting rider, not a leader; an order-taker, not an order-giver.

What a tragic figure.


Posted on August 26, 2016, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. This what “God’s Rottweiler” has come to? Sad. “God’s pussy” …

  2. You are assuming that Ratzinger/Benedict actually wrote the book. Is it not possible that someone on team Francis cobbled this together to stop all the talk of their being two popes etc. Benedict could be tied up in the basement of Castel Gandolfo for all we know.

  3. You, M., know how much I’ve been a Benedict booster through the years. This is very hard on me and so many others. Reading around the internet there are still some who believe Benedict is speaking in code, somehow saying things so banal that those who know his true intellect will know this is all a ruse to placate Francis. Alas, I did not turn in my box tops for the secret decoder ring!

    We must soldier on, rosary in hand. I said a special prayer for you today, thanking God for your fortitude in these remarkable times.

    • There is a kind of people who, after face with reality, prefer to avoid it and think there must a hidden reality, somewhere in the realm of secret conspiracies, that pleases them.
      It is self-delusion.

  4. It would appear that BXVI is “taking the piss” like the English would say. But at least Francis won’t “behead” him now.

    Sad indeed!

    But still not as sad as the time he told the proddie lady not to convert.

    • That Benedict told the “heretic” Lutheran woman to remain in place, never to come home and receive Jesus in the Eucharist does make a Catholic head explode. Yes, Sarmaticus, the blackest mark of the Benedictine papacy I believe.

    • And I agree with you entirely, a secret decoder ring would come in hand with BXVI.

      Just when you have him figured out, he goes and praises a mass murderer for continuing the criminal activities of his mass murdering brother.

      Simply amazing…

  5. The gay lobby? No problem – he got rid of the 5 or 6.

  6. We have now Francis because Benedict refused responabilties God gave him. I think that if God gives you an important assignment ,to guide His Church, you can’t refuse it.God know who you are, your age, you weakness etc etc.So you should keep your duty untill death.
    Or cardinal motto “usque ad effusionem sanguinis”, …is just for say ?
    John Paul II has been much virile, despite his sickness. Ratzinger seems a new don Abbondio.Another thing I can’t understand ,why Ratzinger continues to dress on white and stay in Vatican. You refused papacy ? OK go away and disappear.

    • I do not entirely agree. God gives a Pope a brain, too. What if a Pope gets Alzheimer’s disease: shall we live fifteen years with a cabal of people around him doing the work of the Pope, and never elected by any conclave? What if the Pope sees the necessity of a crusade, but he knows that he is not the man to lead it?
      I do not think the abdication was wrong in itself. I think it was made for stupid reasons, by a man obviously easily duped; and perhaps willingly duped, too.

  7. I would still like to believe that ex-Pope Bendict’s resignation explanation is the work of one of Bergoglio’s enforcers who extracted it from him. And not a free will act of Sieg Heil.

    • However, if it was fraudulently taken, he has the duty to correct the interview. And if he was willing to comply, he has no excuses anyway.
      Reality is staring at us in the face, and it ain’t a pretty sight.
      But I still prefer to look at reality for what it is.

  8. sorry but if God call you for papacy , abdication , in my opinion, is always wrong. For any reason. St Paul often asked God free him from thorn , but our Lord answered him that ” my Grace it’s enough…..
    If Pope gets Alzheimer’s disease, he remains Pope and I’m sure God will know as support him at the best.
    Or do you think God not able to do that ?
    Pax et bonum

    • I think God would want such a Pope to resign. Certainly before the point at which he is not aware he is the Pope anymore. Again, power has horror vacui. If the Pope isn’t able, others will be able for him. A Pope has a duty of care that goes beyond God caring for his own person.

      Add to this the medical advancement. Once senility was shorter, and death faster. Nowadays, a Pope coul dbe kept on the throne for decades with people who have not been elected popes making his job.

      Your “or do you think God not able to do that”? is besides the point, and more than a little snarky. I do not like snarky comments. Please refrain.


  9. “I think the reality is far simpler: Ratzinger is, and always was, a gregarious type; an order-taker; one always ready to fall in line.”

    Now you know why JPII appointed him to head the CDF. Let’s not forget that Pope Wojtyla was an especially dominating figure. Perhaps he didn’t want people who could be forthright with him.

  10. If Benedict felt incapable of discontinuing the World Youth Gatherings imposed on him by Pope John Paul II, was he also incapable of discontinuing the Assisi Meetings? Who does in reality set the Popes’ agenda? Could it be George Soros and his ilk?

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